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on top of your refrigerator or store your medicines in a high cabinet. i do mine in the kitchen, just not above the stove because the heat can ruin the medicine. >> and don't fall out of the routine. take it down, put it back up. >> and put it right back. some of these things have a child resistant or child proof top, but they are not always child proof as i found out unfortunately with my own daughter when she was 1 i set a sample bottle of ibuprofen too close to her, and within a minute after i turned my back she had it open and dripping from her mouth. >> it's what mommy's take and i want to have some as well. >> actually, it was her ibuprof ibuprofen. i gave it to her and she knew she could have it. so it can happen in seconds. be very, very careful. >> yeah. if you do suspect poisoning, first of all, how many calls do you get? you don't take those emergency calls, necessarily. >> we get a lot of kacalls. our nurses get hundreds of calls
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and we get calls for poisonings and other things. we recommend they call the poison control number and there is a national number. and i've programmed it as a favorite on my phone so i can find it easily. >> yeah, i notice google if you put in poisoning and search that, that number pops up as well. is there something they should do ahead of time or something they should be mindful of even as they're making the calls? >> these days we actually advise parents not to try to make their child vomit. in the past we've told people to use something like syrup with to induce vomiting, we actually recommend call the poison center first. >> and to give a bit of peace to parents out there who worry about this, how often again in your experience does it turn out to be problematic? >> most of the time the child gets a tiny bit of something and all you need to do is observe them. usually it's not anything dangerous or serious but has potential of being very harmful.
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>> yeah. don't blow it off but get some attention. hopefully that provides solace as well. you're only the second guest i've hat on "chasing life." the first is my parents. >> well, i feel special. thank you, dr. sanjay. >> let us know what you think and you can also follow me on twitter. we have top stories in the cnn newsroom. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn sunday morning." coming up, spring may be here, so is the snow from denver todayton. it seems like old man winter just doesn't want to let go. she watched in horror as her infant was shot in the head. now this georgia mother has a message for her son's accused killers. >> you killed an innocent human life. and that i hope you die for it.
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mayor michael bloomberg has a message of his own for all you gun owners. >> background checks have nothing to do with taking guns away from anyone. >> the new tv ad hitting air waves tomorrow that he's behind. and if you want to get hitched, don't come here. >> we hope to be a witness to our own denomination. >> this north carolina church says no more straight weddings until gays can say i do. rise and shine. sunday is waiting for you. i'm christi paul. so glad to have your company. 8:00 here in the east. let's talk about what everybody's talking about today. the gridlocked interstates, the canceled flights, the hailstorms, the possible tornado tornadoes. welcome to sunday. i know it's supposed to be spring but a wicked winter storm is pushing through the rockies and into the midwest there. already slammed colorado.
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look at these pictures shutting down i-70 mind you. and take a look at this on i-25, flames engulfing a semitrailer that got caught in a whiteout near denver. the system is pushing east into missouri. show you some live video from kansas city. and thank you to the folks who are driving this car right now. please be careful. we want you to be safe more than anything. but you can see the several inches of snow on the ground predicted across the ohio valley and in the south severe storms and possible tornadoes as i said. thanks again to the crew there at kmbc in kansas city, missouri. they are slow going on the roads. karen joining us this morning joining us is jay marshal shepherd and in the cnn severe weather center meteorologist karen maginnis. is that the thing people in the
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midwest are going to see? >> yeah. we are watching it kind of progress slow but steady over the next 24 to 48 hours. area of low pressure will trek, remember this was over towards the rockies yesterday. now it moves across the plains and heads into the lower ohio river valley. on the northern edge and on the back edge is where the snowfall's going to be. brief but at times heavy. blown by 25 to 40-mile-an-hour winds, maybe occasionally higher what we're looking at now. then we see that fizzle out. but there's a secondary area of low pressure for the mid-atlantic and for new york and washington, d.c. yes, it leaves a little snow. maybe for washington, yeah, you'll see just a light coating. but for new york i think you might see just a little bit more than that. for kansas city five to seven, those roads are very treacherous. you just saw that. the live pictures coming out of that region and visibility very low. st. louis you could see areas that can expect six to ten inches of snow. for the alleghenys, the poconos
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and spine of the appalachians certainly with elevation you'll get more of that snowfall, between 8 and 12 inches there. and the forecast winds expected to come out of the north and northwest pretty much between 20 and gusts to around 40 miles an hour. so, christi, we've got that and the southeast is seeing the effects of some of that warm moisture being brought up. so for florida some strong thunderstorms, there's a tornado watch that goes into 11:00 a.m. and a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of georgia, also extending into alabama as well. and we are watching for the potential for severe weather for this afternoon. a lot on our plate this sunday morning. >> yeah, you're going to be a busy girl today, karen maginnis, thank you so much. this moody weather can make for a messy monday. think about your commutes tomorrow morning. fortunately for colorado the worst of the snowstorm has come and gone. but let's take a better look at
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this. folks there saw near whiteout conditions. that's where cnn's casey wian is braving the bitter wind. casey. >> christi, a nightmare for motorists in colorado all day on saturday. sections of interstate 70 closed to the kansas border for most of the day and also interstate 25 closed in both directions in the area south and north of denver. massive pileups caused authorities to close the roads. we were in the middle of the storm. we are at a rest stop between colorado springs and pueblo, colorado, and we are in the middle of a very serious storm. you can see the flags over here just being whipped by the wind. the snow is blowing very dramatically. it really hurts your face just to be standing out here in this snow. over here you can see -- or you can't see interstate 25. normally the speed limit on the interstate is 75 miles an hour.
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you can see as this vehicle goes by going much slower. you can also see on the other side of the interstate vehicles heading south at a very slow rate of speed, perhaps maybe 30 miles an hour or so. for the past 20 miles that we've been driving we've seen a succession of accidents, multi-car pileups, spinouts, traffic backed up for a half mile or so heading south because of the accidents. we couldn't even pull over to shoot pictures of what had happened because it was just too dangerous. a very, very serious winter-type storm has hit colorado in early spring. incredibly authorities report no fatalities despite all those pileups. the good news for colorado, the weather is expected to clear up as the day progresses sunday. >> casey, thank you so much. we appreciate it. president of the american meet mor logical society. >> happy to be here. >> thank you for being here to walk us through this mess we are
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seeing. i wanted to ask you first of all, of course, what sort of strange weather pattern are we seeing here? >> yeah, i mean, it's springtime. i wore my spring colors to try to trick the atmosphere into thinking it's spring. but what we're seeing here is something called arctic oscillation. the american public is familiar with el nino. and because we have this system over green land allowing cold air to come into the eastern part of the united states. it's not unusual to have spring storms, but certainly we've seen a lot this year. >> you have a great analogy of like pouring maple syrup and just coming down into our areas. >> absolutely. there's a big blocking high over greenland. >> okay. >> and cold air is dense like pancake syrup. so there's a roadblock there. because of this arctic oscillation pattern, this cold air can literally ooze into the united states. you'll see high pressure over here over in this area and a low pressure area the cold air is coming down and that's really
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setting the stage for these storms. >> you mentioned it, the weather we're seeing is not matching the season. we are four days into spring. >> that's right. >> are we going to be seeing more of this? i'm wondering if there's any chance you can look into your kind of crystal ball and your maps and say this is the last storm of the season, or is it too unpredictable? >> i'd be a very wealthy man if i could do that all the time. but we have to break out of this arctic oscillation pattern. many people are familiar with the moon bounces kids play on them, the inflatables, when you push down on one part, the other part comes up. that's how our atmosphere works. >> okay. dr. shepherd, so good to have you with us. thank you for the explainer. >> absolutely. >> it's good to know although we still have no idea what's coming. we know it's unusual and we'll have to keep you posted. thank you so much. i want to get to some other news here now and start in
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georgia with a new recording of an eyewitness's frantic 9-1-1 phone call. this is another window into the shooting of the toddler in the town of brunswick. >> okay, listen to me, ma'am, is the baby breathing? >> i don't know. the baby's in the stroller. i just came out the door. yes, she's trying to get the baby out now. >> did you hear any shots in the area? >> listen, the baby is shot. the baby has been shot. >> ma'am, listen to me. we have people en route to you. i still have to ask you these questions. did you hear any shots in the area? >> yes, i heard the shot. >> so this man, 17-year-old elkins along with a 14-year-old boy police aren't naming because of his age both charged with murder. nick valencia is in brunswick and you sat down yesterday with the baby's mom and i don't know how she's even getting in front of the camera. i mean, what was that like?
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>> it was so very sad. she invited us into her home, it was a very humble apartment in a duplex. she was packing up her belongings in trash bags. the crib was still in the corner of the room. the car seat for little antonio had a teddy bear in its place. she's very paranoid right now. she's scared about living in brunswick and plans on moving back to new jersey where she has family. she's lost a lot of faith in humanity. we talked about her 13-month-old antonio and talked about what she missed most. >> i still think of my son walking over to me in the morning and putting his head on my lap. and on my shoulder. and me feeding him meals. and the fact that he was just learning to eat. and that he'll never say his
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first word. >> she also lost another son back in 2008 her 18-year-old was stabbed to death trying to break up an altercation. she had just gotten to a point where she was emotionally stable enough to have another child only for something like this to happen. she tells us she's not sure if she can ever get over something like this. >> understandably. your heart just breaks for this woman. and it makes a lot of people wonder what's going to happen with this investigation. what do we know about these two teens? because you think about a 17-year-old or a 14-year-old having the where with all to point a gun at an infant and pull the trigger? >> yeah, remarkable. we looked at the older suspect's page and he claims to be part of the bloods gang. about the 14-year-old we just don't have any information. he's a juvenile.
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his name's not being released though he is being charged and has been charged wit first-degree murder. we're waiting on the date for an arraignment and also waiting to get more details about the two suspects. >> nick, we're so grateful for the update. thank you so much. nick valencia for us there in brunswick, georgia. >> you bet. mayors against illegal guns have bought up $12 million worth of air time. new york mayor michael bloomberg behind a new round of ads aimed at gun control. check this out. >> my dad taught me to hunt. and i'll teach my kids. i've owned a gun all my life. and i'll fight for my right to keep it. background checks have nothing to do with taking guns away from anyone. closing loopholes will stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns. that protects my rights and my family. >> this effort is the group's most expensive yet influence the debate over gun control. thursday more than 100 demonstrations and special events are planned in support of
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universal background checks. the ads start running in 13 states on tuesday. if you played powerball in new jersey, you could be -- i guess i should say, one lucky duck. check your tickets because someone there just got stinking rich. also ahead we're going to take you to the racetrack where pro drivers are warning others about the dangers of texting while driving. and later a pastor tells us why his church is refusing to perform weddings of any kind. you're watching "cnn sunday morning." we're so glad you're here. muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air. at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. dad: you excited for youyeah.st day? ♪ dad: you'll be fine, ok? girl: ok. dad: you look so pretty. ♪
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now. all righty. let's move onto safety on the highways here. a new report by the cdc reveals distracted driving has increased on our roads particularly among teens. now, car wrecks like this one we're going to show you here, look at that. can't even tell there was a car at one point. that's where a teen was texting while driving. and it's such a grim reminder of the dangers. now mazda motor sports has launched a campaign using young professional race car drivers to warn teens about those dangers. and our victor blackwell shows us how it works. >> drivers, come get in line here please. >> race car drivers on a racetrack, no big surprise. what might surprise you is that the favorite to win this race is just 17 years old. >> half the field on this side. >> he's from boca raton, florida. he started racing go-carts at 13 and graduated to this at 15
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before he was licensed to drive through his neighborhood. >> my mom and myself actually feel safer driving on a racetrack with professional drivers than driving on the regular roads with people who have no idea what they're doing. >> he revs up to about 150 miles per hour around this track. at that speed there can be any little distraction could be injury or death. >> fatal. >> actually, that can happen at any speed. before the start of the 2012 racing season, a little distraction off the track nearly created a major problem. >> i was with my mom in the car and we almost got in an accident because she was facebooking, e-mailing, whatever, distracted. >> we almost rear ended somebody. that's when it really hit us. he's like, mom, you have to put the phone down. >> so he and his mom had an idea, to inspire other people especially young people to put the phone down by branding his car the don't text and drive car. >> we put it all over the car and on his suit and on the website and it took off.
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>> you have the bracelet because when they raise up their hand. >> with the phone, they see it. exactly. it serves as a constant reminder. >> hundreds of teens have pledged to not text and drive. some have even signed his car as part of a pledge. >> it's just distracting. you get caught up in another world completely separate from what you're trying to do. >> there's not really a lot of teenage race car drivers out there. so it was definitely good for them to go onto a teenager's car. >> i know we're not going to stop it, but at least it's going to bring more awareness to people. triston was the big winner today on this road in atlanta. and he tells teens who look up to him, the key to his success on the track is the same key to staying safe on the road. >> you have to have 100% focus. you can't lose your focus for any reason at all. >> mazda is also working with
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the project called yellow light. it grants scholarships to teenagers who produce the best 60-second public service announcement against distracted driving. go to projectyellowlight.com for details. >> thank you so much, victor blackwell for us there. after nearly two and a half years has tiger woods finally made it back to the top of his game? he's pretty close. plus, another upsetting day in the ncaa tourney. march madness update next. come on, nowadays lots of people go by themselves. no they don't. hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ back against the wall ♪ ain't nothin to me ♪ ain't nothin to me [ crowd murmurs ] hey! ♪ [ howls ] ♪
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health expert -- i don't know if you've heard about this. good morning to you by the way. should say good morning to you as we kick off 8:23 here in case you haven't looked at the clock lately and need to be somewhere. health expert and body building icon joe weider died of heart failier this weekend. he was 93. he was a bodybuilder himself of course and helped really change how the world looked at fitness creating top fitness competitions and publishing magazines like "shape." he also brought an unnamed austrian to the united states, arnold schwarzenegger, and helped the movie star break into the film business. all right. let's talk about sports and march madness. if you dare. are you looking at your, you know, your brackets like this today and cursing? welcome to the club cause your
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brackets are probably all busted up. an andy's joining us to kind of probably reminisce with you because i know you, andy, your brackets aren't looking as good. >> like many people, i picked some of the high seeds and so far in this year's tournament it's been upset city. in the second round we saw a two and three seed go down and last night our first number one seed bit the dust as gonzaga lost to wichita state. considered the weakest of the top seeds in the tournament and unfortunately for the bulldogs they were unable to prove their doubters wrong. gonzaga led by eight with about 12 minutes to go but the shockers behind a barrage of three-pointers mounted a comeback to knock off the bulldo bulldogs. with the loss gonzaga becomes the 15th atop the polls and lose in the round of 32. >> it's a tough, tough, tough way to end a fabulous season,
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but wichita state deserves a ton of credit. >> it's over now. it hurts, but it's life i guess. >> maybe the best game of the tournament so far took place last night between marquette and butler. this went back and forth all night. marquette up by two with about three seconds to go but turning the ball over here throwing it out of bounds. butler would get one last shot but the bulldogs unable to get a good look on this last possession. the golden eagles hold on for the win to advance to the sweet 16 for the third straight year. to see twitter's reaction to this game and every game throughout the tournament head to bleacherreport.com. after a rough second round, tiger woods came roaring back yesterday to take the lead at the arnold palmer invitational. tiger who was looking for a record eighth win at bay hill has a two-shot lead over three others heading into today's final round. if tiger holds onto win, he will regain the world's number one ranking for the first time since october of 2010.
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and christi, all eyes on the look out for his new facebook official girlfriend lindsey vaughan still recovering from the acl injury. who knows, maybe if tiger wins she'll greet him on the 18th green. >> can't talk about tiger without talking about his personal life. somewhere along the line it comes into play. andy, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. speaking of surprises with your brackets, there's also some surprising spring snowstorms and we're talking pretty severe. look at the left hand side of your screen. that might be heading your way. a live weather report coming up. thank you orville and wilbur... ...amelia... neil and buzz: for teaching us that you can't create the future... by clinging to the past. and with that: you're history. instead of looking behind... delta is looking beyond. 80 thousand of us investing billions...
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hey, it's 8:30. where have you been? we've been waiting for you on this sunday morning. so glad to have you here. i'm christi paul. bottom of the hour. let me tell you about this wicked winter storm shoving its way through the midwest. it's supposed to be spring, right? but this system has already slammed colorado where it shut down two interstates. look at those pictures we got from there. now it's pushing east into missouri and the ohio valley where several inches of snow could fall today. that's kansas city, missouri, a live shot right now of some of our friends there. oh, that's what you can expect. oh, there it is. there's the live shot as they're driving on the roads. and obviously not driving fast if that gives you any indication of the conditions. there are also some pretty volatile storms predicted across the south. so let's get to meteorologist karen maginnis in the cnn severe
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weather center with us. we're looking at those pictures and i'm wondering where it's headed. and if what we're seeing is going to dissipate at all or if that's what people are saying, all right, i'm going to get ready for it. >> well, i think in the short-term the next five to six hours right around kansas city, central missouri and st. louis, st. louis a little bit longer in the day, this is how it's going to be. and we have reports of thunder snow. now, meteorologists get all excited about it. that means it's pretty dynamic. i watch this probably 15 or 20 minutes ago. the vehicle that -- the person who is driving for kmbc there in kansas city, missouri, they were pulled over on the side and the roads were really bad at that point. i don't know if they switched roads or highways or what, but the road conditions had really deteriorated. here's why because of this fairly dynamic weather system. a small, narrow but very impactful line of snow is going to materialize over the next 12
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hours through the central plains. kansas city, st. louis, extending towards indianapolis and evansville, indiana. five, seven, six to ten inches of snowfall. but as we get further towards the east in through the appalachians and for the poconos and into the allegheny mountains, 8 to 12 inches. so it's not going to be insignificant for those folks. the higher up and more elevation's going to squeeze out that moisture in the form of snowfall. as it treks across the ohio river valley then a secondary area of low pressure moves across atlantic, new york, washington, baltimore, what can we expect? well, for new york and washington, this is fairly insignificant. in that it's just more troublesome than anything else. it was most impactful across colorado. so the more it's moved toward the east, still have winter storm warnings out, gusty winds. some of these winds are gusting up around 40 miles an hour now. that will continue through the
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afternoon. so we still have to slog through the afternoon. maybe this weekend just kind of a wash if you will. >> yeah. good luck to the folks on the monday morning commute. hopefully it will really have kind of desensitized by that point. thank you so much, appreciate it. karen. military officials i want to tell you in virginia have identified the quantico marine base gunman and both victims now. 19-year-old sarah castromata and jacob wooley both shot and killed last thursday on the marine corps base in quantico. they believe 25-year-old eusebio, lopez. we're going to kill you, that's a quote, the message from the pakistani taliban who have vowed to assassinate former president
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musharraf. he wants to lead his party this may, so if death threats aren't enough, the government itself plans to try him for treason. he admits the homecoming is "risky." secretary of state john kerry making an unannounced stop while on his first trip overseas. he landed in baghdad just a couple hours ago. while he's in the country we know he'll be meeting with government officials including prime minister malaki. you have to wonder how much they're going to be able to get done there. we'll obviously keep you posted on that. our troops come home from war. many of them facing a new battle as veterans waiting for benefits. so what's being done? want to find out now with state of the union host candy crowley. she has an exclusive interview with veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki today.
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what do you think, candy, in talking to him is his biggest challenge? >> paper. as crazy as that sounds, the fact is that these claims -- remember by the end of this month the v.a. thinks it will have about a million pending new disability benefit applications. okay, a million pending cases sitting at the v.a. most of this is done by paper. there are some amazing video this week of one claim center where the building is in danger of collapsing because there's so much paperwork. so the v.a. has been trying now for five years -- remember we've had an administration for five years that has pledged help for immediate help for veterans including the same v.a. secretary saying we're going to computerize this because it will make it easier and faster because the complaint from veterans is they have to wait so long. about two-thirds of the million we're talking about have been
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sitting around for more than 125 days. so the backlog is tremendous. there are a lot of folks on capitol hill or at least some who have voiced real concern that the v.a. actually can get the computerization of the records done by the end of the year. and secretary shinseki says they can, but in the meantime there are myriad of problems in local offices, that kind of thing, but it is the paperwork that seems to be bogging them down. there also seems to be a problem with manpower even though the budget is increased at the v.a., more people have been added to the process. there still does not -- do not seem to be enough people to take care of the influx of first of all some vietnam veterans who are now eligible for kind of broader benefits if they've been affected by agent orange in addition to the iraq and afghanistan veterans coming out.
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so it has a feeling of anover whelmed agency. >> candy crowley, looking forward to that interview with you. thank you so much. keep it here for "state of the union." it starts at the top of the hour 9:00 a.m. eastern right here on cnn. talk about a wrong turn. in california an elderly driver loses control of his car and ends up on a roof. melissa mcbride of cnn affiliate kabc fills us in. >> i was so scared. it was very bad. >> reporter: they were in this cadillac when it went airborne and landed on a neighbor's house. she says they came down the hill and couldn't stop as they rounded the corner. >> as soon as we hit the corner, the air bags deployed and i don't even soo where we're going from there because the view was obscured and i just heard that we stopped. >> reporter: wynn says she saw the edge of the roof when she
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got oult. the back edge came to rest on a retaining wall. >> it was just smash, crash, boom. and my neighbor walking his dog says, quick, i think there's been an accident. >> reporter: he grabbed a ladder and helped the wynns off the roof. one man was inside the house when the crash happened, but he wasn't injured. >> there was one person inside the house but not in the area where the car landed. >> reporter: in order to remove the car, the fire department called for a crane to do the heavy lifting. the caddy has major damage, but remarkably the roof needs only minor repairs. >> my neck is pulled and my back is hurting, but i don't think i broke anything. and i consider myself and my husband very, very lucky. >> good thing that retaining wall was there to stop the car for heaven sakes. thank you for bringing us up to speed there. a north carolina church takes a bold standby refusing to
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good sunday morning to you. this morning pope francis is celebrating palm sunday with millions of catholics around the globe. this of course the day that kicks off holy week for christians. remember easter is next sunday. kind of crept up on us. today celebrates jesus return to jerusalem before his death and resurrection a week later. when benedict xvi resigned the vat cant wanted to react quickly
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to make sure a new pope was in place by easter. show you a new picture here that we got of pope francis as he was making his way through vatican city there. isn't that just the sweetest picture of these people holding this man who just wants to be touched by pope francis. that's just moving. so wanted to share that with you today. for today's faces of faith we're talking about a church in north carolina that's refusing to marry any couple until same sex marriage is legal. now, remember here not only is it illegal in north carolina, but voters approved making marriage strictly between one man and one woman in the state constitution last year. the church we're talking about is a united methodist church. the denomination does not allow for same sex marriages, but cnn's christine romans spoke to the pastor and asked him if the controversial move has upset anyone in his church.
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>> the congregation has been unusually unified. we have heard lots of support all through the congregation. the leadership council is around 18 members and all of those 18 members voted unanimously for this statement. so we are an unusual congregation. we have a number of gay and lesbian members. probably a quarter of our members on sunday morning are probably lgbt. we have a number of couples in our church that have been together for a long time. and their loving relationships has been an example to all of our members in our congregation. >> what are you hoping to achieve? are you hoping to make a statement for both methodists and the country as a whole? what do you hope to achieve from this? >> well, i think that we hope to be a witness to our own denomination. we know that in our denomination we have great statements wanting to be in ministry with lesbian and gay people. and that's a call that all of our churches are called to. but all too often that welcome
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that we say that we are about in our church to welcoming lgbt people, that is not explicit in our congregations and we have been public about that. we're part of a reconciling ministries network, which is a group that works for greater inclusion in the united methodist church and we hope this will be an example in which one way a church can stand in solidarity with gay and lesbian couples. >> and other protestant denominations reconciling in christ or reconciling congregations, congregations like yours who decide they are going to take a particular stance on this issue that is different from the national leadership of their church. so within a lot of lutheran, episcop episcopal, they're doing relationship lessons for couples. explain that to me. >> yes. so a marriage ceremony as we understand it is one in which rings are exchanged, vows are exchanged, pronouncement of the
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couple. and those are the things that we can avoid in a ceremony and do a service of relationship blessing. so we've done one of those at green street. and we're certainly going to be offering those to both straight and gay couples. >> you know what's interesting and i want to get your thoughts on this because when you hear people talk about this debate and they talk about religion and the debate of same sex marriage, a lot of people the knee-jerk reaction is the bible condemns this, the bible condemns this. what do you say to that? >> well, certainly if you look for the witness scripture you're not going to find anything about gay marriage. you're going to see scattered passages about homosexuality but because it's on long-term monogamous between same sex couples, that silence we need to understand it. the bible says as much about gay marriage as it does about the internet. and we are living in a different
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time. and our church as a witness to couples that are very powerfully in love with each other and are witnessing in their faith. one of the things we say in the wedding ceremony in the united methodist liturgy is the couple creates a new ministry for the church. well, our congregation has been blessed by the witness of gay and lesbian couples who have been in those long-term relationships who have a deep commitment that it's about love, it's not about other things that people want to raise up around issues with scripture. >> and thanks again to kelly carpenter, senior pastor there at the church there in north carolina. check out our belief blog at cnn.com/belief well, money, inheritance, death, kids, health benefits, all of these things are affected by the defensive marriage act. the supreme court is taking that up on wednesday. and next our paul steinhauser gives us a preview.
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well, you know, people have already started lining up outside the supreme court this weekend because they want to be there as the court takes on two huge cases dealing with same sex marriage. paul steinhauser has more for us. good morning, paul. >> good morning, christi. same sex may remember will be in the political spotlight this week as the supreme court hears two high profile cases involving the hot button social issue. a week ago republican senator rob portman of ohio changed his mind on a subject. here's what he told our dana bash. >> my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay. and that launched an interesting process for me, which was kind of rethinking my position. talking to my pastor and other religious leaders and going through a process of at the end changing my position on the issue. i now believe that people ought to have the right to get married. >> and earlier this week hillary clinton announced her support of
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same sex marriage. so what do you think? according to our cnn/orc poll, a majority support same sex marriage and that number's been on the rise. but our survey indicated a wide partisan divide with democrat and independent supportive and republican oppose. there's a wide generational divide with younger people but only minority of seniors support same sex marriage. when it comes to two cases in the supreme court, the only votes that matter in the end are those of the nine justices. >> paul steinhauser, thank you so much. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you engineer a true automotive breakthrough? ♪
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